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Caliber In Wall Speakers 8 Inch Fiber 3-Way (pair)
Monoprice brings custom in-wall speakers to new levels of affordability with our line of Monoprice Brand Premium in-wall and in-ceiling speakers. These new, high fidelity units deliver the high quality craftsmanship and construction you've come to expect from Monoprice brand products at a fraction of what you would expect to pay for them retail.
In-wall and in-ceiling speakers allow you to expand your listening environment throughout your entire home and remove the clutter of giant box speakers, giving you back your living space. It's a win-win, no-compromise situation for those who desire high fidelity and those who put emphasis on decor.
DuPont™ Kevlar® fiber cones are light weight yet extremely rigid, providing very precise audio with minimal distortion from cone flex. Our Kevlar® speakers are matched with an equally precise silk membrane dome tweeter made of titanium fiber thread and a high quality crossover network to ensure high fidelity and low distortion. The lower distortion levels allow the speaker to be driven harder and handle higher peak power levels. The main benefits of our Kevlar® speakers are the clarity and fidelity at which they produce audio.
- Light & rigid, well balanced, yellow woven Kevlar® cone woofers for distortion free reproduction.
- Oversized magnets for greater bass impact
- Precision titanium silk membrane dome tweeters for sweeter highs and pure sonic clarity
Please note that this video shows the specific instructions for installation of PID 4101. However, it is representational of the steps, tools, and types of procedures that would be used for the installation of any in-wall or in-ceiling speaker and is included on this page for reference purposes only. Please refer to the installation instructions of the in-wall or in-ceiling speaker you have for the specific dimensions and installation procedures.
Note that the price listed in the video was the price for PID 4101 at the time the video was made. Prices can fluctuate up and down based on production costs and the value of the US$ against foreign currencies.
|Type||3-Way High-Power In-Wall Speaker|
|Woofer Cone||Kevlar® woven cone with rubber edge|
|Woofer Voice Coil||35 mm A.S.V.|
|Woofer Magnet||30 oz.|
|Midrange Cone||Kevlar® woven cone with rubber edge|
|Midrange Voice Coil||20 mm A.S.V.|
|Midrange Magenet||5.4 oz.|
|Tweeter Cone||Cat-eye silk dome|
|Impedance||8 ohms ± 15%|
|DC Resistance||7.2 ohms ±7%|
|Sensitivity||90dB ±2dB (1 watt/1 meter)|
|Power Capacity||100 watts (RMS), 200 watts (Max)|
|Frequency Response||50 Hz to 20 kHz|
|Adjustment Switch||0, -3, -6 dB|
|Fs||50 ±20% Hz without baffle|
|Cold Test Temperature||-25° ±3°C for 16 hours|
|Heat Test Temperature||+70° ±2°C for 16 hours|
|Operating Temperature Range||-30 ~ +70° ±2°C|
|Dimensions (LxWxD)||357 x 255 x 100 mm|
|Cutout Dimensions (LxWxD)||324 x 222 x 91 mm|
- Fs = resonant frequency of loudspeaker moving mass (in free air)
- Qes = electrical Q of loudspeaker
- Qms = mechanical Q of loudspeaker
- Qts = total Q of loudspeaker
- Re = electrical resistance of voice coil
- Vas = equivalent air volume of moving mass suspension
DuPont™ and Kevlar® are trademarks or registered trademarks of E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company.
First, when cutting the mounting hole you should make it at least 1/4" larger than the supplied cut template. The template is an exact fit, but as we all know it's hard to mount in an exact fit. Do you self a favor and cut the hole wider, the flanges are wide enough to cover it.
Second, I strongly recommend that you tighten all the mounting screws to run the threads on all the mounting ears before you mount the speaker. I had three of the mounting ears get off track and bend the screws. Luckily I could use a common dry wall screw as a replacement, but it was a pain.
PROS: Great sound
CONS: Supplied cut template is too tight, mounting "ears" don't work well
PROS: Great Sound
What else do you want?
CONS: Couldn't breathe for 3 days after sucking in all the plaster dust.
I guess I can't blame the speakers for that (wear a mask).
Times have changed, we moved to a new (smaller) abode and I had to leave my in-wall speakers at our old house. Being ridiculously low on cash and spousal approval, I decided to give these speakers a try solely based on the reviews of others who claim to be audiofiles.
Installation was straightforward, and I can't tell you how amazed I am at the sound of these little guys. Strong low-end, clear high end and a solid midrange. I would say that they are on-par with my $1,000 JBL's and I only paid $110 total (they used to be $55 per pair).
I can't recommend these enough - even at $100 per pair they are a phenomenal deal.
PROS: Very inexpensive
Clear mounting instructions
Dynamic range is excellent
No more bang for the buck anywhere!
CONS: Can not buy "spare" grills (for painting to match decor)
I was debating between the 7604 and this speaker and my experience in audio suggested that these would have the best range and performance. However, I was not sure and called tech support. They were not well informed and said both are good. So I purchased one pair of the 7604 as a test version and did an A/B comparison (without having them installed in-wall, i.e. free air) of the 7604 and the 6816. It was patently clear to my ears, and my wife's ears that the three way 6816 was a better speaker and more rounded and fuller. I took the hit on the return of the 7604 and used the 6816 for the five speakers and We were not disappointed.
My system is 7.2 and I used two Monoprice Kevlar ceiling speakers in the rear and two Monoprice 10 inch passive in-wall woofers in front. I boxed the woofers and used ample amounts of fiberglass insulation.
Bottom line the system if great for both movies and music. I have other 2-channel music speakers (box) that cost much more and the Monoprice gets fairly close I suspect that improved crossover components + a mirrored verison will help narrow the gap substantially).
This is a great product.
PROS: These are great speakers for the price and highly recommended.
CONS: 1) There is a lack of a mirror-image option for Left and Right. This is absolutely a ridiculous omission by Monoprice.
2) while these speakers are very good. I am disappointed that Monoprice does not offer an enhanced version with superior resistors, inductors and capacitors for the crossover circuit. Many customers, including myself will pay a reasonable premium for this option.
PROS: Sound Quality
Ease of Installation
Quality of construction
Great features for an in-wall
CONS: The finicky mounting system
PROS: Easy Install. Ridiculously great value. Outstanding sound.
PROS: Attenuation switch is under the grill instead of behind the unit so you don't have to remove it to adjust as you have to with the in-ceiling version.
CONS: I have to put something here and so I'll just say getting the grill off with the speaker removal tool is a bit of a chore. The holes in the grill are difficult to get the tool into without damaging the hole slightly. The grill tool needs to be a fraction thinner. Hardly a real con.
Install is easy with one exception. When screwing the feet/clamps down they have a tendency to jump out of their tracks and jam. This requires removing the speaker to get them resettled. There's not easy way around it and we ended scrapping one of the speakers all together since we couldn't get it to work at all (we didn't try toooo hard since we had a spare anyway).
The sound of these guys is quite good. Not much bass, but inwalls don't do much with that anyway. And after adding the sub, it doesn't make a bit of difference. They play quite loud before suddenly hitting a wall where they get hard sounding instead of louder. However, I have put them in a very big space and that volume limit is above where I would ever play them anyway.
They are a bit hard to drive. My cheapy one with these speakers and another one with 20K worth of high end gear. After installing these speakers with a new, inexpensive Onkyo amp I was very pleased but got a sense that the amp wasn't doing too well driving them. Just for fun I plugged in a B&K Reference 200.7 amp (200 watts x 7 and $2800) to see what that did. They were MUCH better. Fuller, much more controlled, more impact. But, after putting that amp in the downstairs theater and running the Audessey acoustic callibration in the Onkyo I was still very pleased. Especially since I spent more on cabling in the other theater than I did for speakers/sub/receiver/blu-ray in this one.
One more thing that's worth adding: having five identical speakers creates a fantastically seamless sound. The sound from the center perfectly matches the sides even with the center mounted on its side and under the 50" tv. Front to back sounds seamless too and gives the sense of the sound just being part of the movie instead of being from a bunch of individual speakers. I believe that's the whole point.
When I put on music or movies to test these speakers, I find I just watch/listen to way more than I was intending. That's the whole point isn't it? To get lost in the experience and not pay any attention to "how does this sound?" I think it is.
PROS: Very good sound.
Easy to install.
Heavily built/well made
CONS: Mounting hardware can "jump the track" and get stuck before tight.
Hard to drive. Quality amplification can make a big difference.
First, very easy to install. The templates are perfect and with a couple of the right tools they drop right in. Mine secured nicely to our drywall.
Importantly: they sound great. In a previous house we had Bowers & Wilkins speakers which are pretty high-end speakers and much more expensive. I was prepared for a significant downgrade with these but I would say the sound is fairly comparable. Paired with a great amp and good quality sub it has a solid sound.
Overall, excellent quality and incredible value. I'd buy these again.
PROS: Great quality.
Easy to install with provided templates.
They look nice installed.
They were easy to install, the cutout guides were accurate. I packed the wall with insulation around the speaker to help enclose the space in the wall.
Overall, I would highly recommend these speakers, as they are very good speakers, possibly one of the best values out there. Sure you can get better speakers if you are willing to spend a lot more. However, I consider myself borderline audiophile and I am very pleased with my purchase and have recommended these speakers to several people already.
PROS: 1. Sound great
2. Easy to install
3. Paintable to match the wall color